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6-8-2022  

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After The Sandman, Neil Gaiman's groundbreaking comic-book series, debuted in 1989, the question of how to adapt it to the screen arose. Each member of "The Endless" family personifies a natural force, such as dreams, death, and desire.

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Gaiman's epic story spans aeons and dozens. His emotions are unfathomable. The Sandman has spent decades searching for a visual medium that could do it justice. Has it found its Netflix footing?

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The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy, and A Series of Unfortunate Events are among Netflix's expensive genre adaptations with devoted fan bases. By releasing whole seasons at once, a show is less pressured to explain everything in Episode 1.

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The original Sandman story is slow. First volume assembles Dream's universe through a treasure hunt. The Netflix adaptation, created by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg, embraces the monthly comic's pacing. It has highs and lows.

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The Sandman is one of the peaks of contemporary literature and the best example of how expansive and experimental comics can be. For years, I devoured news about film adaptations, worried Hollywood would botch them. 

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Gaiman once called a draught "the worst Sandman script I've ever seen" The rise of prestige TV seemed to solve the problem of condensing complex plots into two hours.

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This format poses a challenge, though: keeping audiences interested. Netflix's version of The Sandman will please fans, but I wonder what newcomers will think. The fantasy series' glossy look and exciting cast may be enough to attract viewers during the summer. 

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Its protagonist isn't easy to love, especially at first, and his motivations are largely unknown. The Sandman's arc is about the audience understanding Dream (Tom Sturridge) as he understands himself. The viewer's patience is needed to see him through.

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